Sunday Mirror

Canaries fly­ing high

- By HARRY PRATT at As­ton Gate Sports · Soccer · Norwich City F.C. · Jack Hunt · Tomáš Kalas · Bristol · Norwich · Nahki Wells · Marco Stiepermann · Bristol City F.C. · Daniel Farke · Teemu Pukki

re­fused to blame Nahki Wells’ dread­ful sec­ond­half penalty for this lat­est set­back but ad­mits the rot must stop soon.

The Ash­ton Gate man­ager said: “In the first half, de­fen­sively we al­lowed them in far too eas­ily. All three goals were poor from our point of view. That’s not like us. We must get back to ba­sics.”

Farke’s vis­i­tors ar­rived in a con­fi­dent mood and flew out of the blocks — cour­tesy of lethal Pukki.

For his sev­enth-minute opener, the Fin­nish hit­man es­caped the off­side flag as he con­trolled Marco Stieper­mann’s pass and coolly tucked past keeper Daniel Bent­ley.

And Pukki was on tar­get again in the 14th minute when he scored with a de­flected ef­fort that flew in­side the near post.

But the hosts were back in con­tention within a cou­ple of min­utes when wing-back Jack Hunt popped up at the far post to re­duce the ar­rears.

Yet Nor­wich re­stored their two-goal cush­ion on the stroke of half-time as Buen­dia fin­ished su­perbly, ri­fling in from a tight an­gle.

De­spite a vastly im­proved dis­play af­ter the break from the West Coun­try out­fit, there was to be no sen­sa­tional fight­back.

It could have been dif­fer­ent had Chris Martin’s 25-yard curler not struck the post and Wells not floated a 73rd-minute penalty over the bar af­ter Ja­cob Sorensen fouled To­mas Kalas.

TEEMU PUKKI’S dou­ble fired in-form Nor­wich up the ta­ble — and left Bris­tol City free-fall­ing in the other di­rec­tion.

Striker Pukki made it four goals for the cam­paign with two in­side a quar­ter of an hour at

Ash­ton Gate be­fore

Emil­iano Buen­dia added a killer third.

That was al­ways go­ing to be enough to se­cure a fourth win in five games for the high-fly­ing Canaries.

And th­ese three points lifted them from sev­enth to sec­ond in the ta­ble — tem­po­rar­ily at least — and de­lighted boss Daniel Farke.

The Nor­wich chief said: “We al­ways try to start fast and I thought we de­served to be two goals in front at half-time.

“They were three beau­ti­ful goals from us — great move­ment, passes and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing. That was so im­por­tant be­cause this is a tricky place to come.”

The pic­ture could scarcely be more dif­fer­ent for Bris­tol City, who af­ter a mis­er­able fort­night have dropped out­side the play-off places.

Their bril­liant fourgame win­ning start un­der new boss Dean Holden is a fast-fad­ing mem­ory. They have taken just two points from the last 15. Holden BRIS­TOL CITY: Bent­ley 6; Vyner 6, Kalas 5, Moore 5 (Bakin­son 55, 6), Hunt 7, Pater­son 6, Brunt 6 Se­menyo, O’Dowda 6, Dasilva 6, Martin 6, Wells 5 (Died­hiou 78).

Un­used Subs: Nagy, O’Leary, Rowe, Mas­sengo. NOR­WICH CITY: Krul 6; Aarons 7, Han­ley 7, Gib­son 7, Sorensen 6, Rupp 7, Skipp 7, Buen­dia 8, Stieper­mann 8 (McLean 72, 6), Pla­cheta 7 (Mumba 90), Pukki 9 (Hugill 83).

Vran­cic, Cantwell, Tettey, McGovern. MAN OF THE MATCH: Teemu Pukki. Canaries striker was close to his best with a deadly dou­ble blast .

Jarred Gil­lett 7.

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